21 Signs You Grew Up In The 90s

*Disclaimer: This post may make you feel old. Possible symptoms include: nostalgia, random bursts of laughter and tears and longing to go back to the much simpler times of the 1990s. 

As a Gen Yer, I’m very aware that I was part of the first generation to grow up with the Internet and cell phones. But, I can’t help but think about all the things that I grew up with that Gen Z (for this post, that’s anyone under the age of 18) and future generations won’t know about. So, here’s my somewhat nostalgic list of all the things people who grew up in the 90s know how to do that is now obsolete.

1. How to save a file on a Floppy Disc

2. The Dewey Decimal System

3. Dial-Up Internet

4. When AOL used to be the shit

5. How to record something on a VHS tape

6. When all you could do on a cellular phone was talk

7. The point of a pager/beeper

8. Walkmans

9. How to place a collect call

10. How to find your way using only a map and no GPS

11. Where in the world is Carmen Santiago?

12. How to get a Furby or Tamagotchi to shut up?

13. How to write in cursive

14. How to do the macarena

15. Just how awesome the original Double Dare and Legends of Hidden Temple shows were (Oh wait, just how awesome 90s Nick shows were in general).

16. How awesome and frightening AOL Chatrooms were

17. The secrets to collecting the best Beanie Babies and POGs

18. How to entertain yourself without Youtube videos (oh wait, the Internet in general)

19. The thrill of using napster

20. How to send a fax

21. How to survive high school without Facebook.


yeah I had a furby . I never had facebook . I still don't have facebook. It's too much gossip. yes I had a Walkman and Nick had better shows. which were a lot cooler, so I was born 1985 and grew up in the 90's. I loved the Spice Girls. I had vhs tapes ugh so annoying I know! Lisa Frank I remember having some Lisa Frank school supplies. I also had a ferret . I think they were popular pets of the 90's. growing up then we had different ways to intertain ourselves. there was no facebook or texting . I mean come on! it was the 90's duh.


90s...I had a Walkman I'm the 80s :p but yeah...that only makes me feel older.


How to scream "Get Off The Phone!"

...Get it?

touch mah tralala
touch mah tralala

the biggest difference between gen Y and the later is:

we still remembers floppy disk, SNES, PS1, and the old dial up sound

and the phrase 'get off the internet! I want to call someone!'


This really is a great post and reminds me of how great the 90's were. I wish I could go back to that time. Great post!

Latest blog post: Call teleconference


Oh no...I remember being at work in those days, which means I am older....My growing up:

1. You ran your programmes (software) from an 8" Floppy disk (which was soft)

2. Your teacher taught you decimal, but you worked in imperial measurement (that is inches)

3. You wrote programmes on paper and if you did a good job then the teacher put them in the schools computer (if it had one)

4. America Online (AOL) didn't exist and everything with a chip in it was cool

5. VHS and Beta Max were on "Tomorrows World" and a Cinema ticket cost around 80 pence

6. James Bond and the Saint had a phone in their cars !

7. Your home and office phone had a dial

8. You bought Vinyl records that you could play on your Parents record player. If you were really lucky your parents bought a "Ghetto Blaster" and you could tape your favourate "records"

9. You reversed the charges in an emergency, but otherwise your parents didn't seem to care what you did as long as you were back in time for dinner.

10. You knew everywhere to go in a 10 mile radius from your house (no map needed). Except railway lines, farms or building sites, which still give you nightmares today because of the public service films you were forced to watch in school

11. The posh kid at school knew some spanish words as his parents took him on a luxury holiday in a plane to somewhere called Majorca in Spain

12. You really wanted an Atari, so you could play computer games at home

13. You got clipped round the ear, hit by a ruler or flying chalk board eraser if your handwriting was messy

14. Thursday night was Top of the Pops night and you could see what you should be wearing

15. The A-Team, but your favourite was Fame

16. You wrote to 'pen pals'...If you were really lucky you got a letter and picture back proving your pen pal wasn't ugly

17. You made anything that was cool, like Skate boards from your sisters roller skates

18. You could entertain yourself by being outside

19. The thrill was in doing something wrong and then running away en masse, knowing full well that you would get it when you got home from your Dad...But he would wink at you and tell you well done from behind Mums back

20. At senior school you survived by laughing when you got a beating, being cheeky at every opportunity and running lots


#22 When MTV actually played music videos!!


Lol, great article. Floppy disc. pagers, not having the internet, what memories! How about - #22. When the Real World was relevant TV viewing.


Love this! And I still think 1990 was about 10 years ago. I don't get how it is already almost 2012.  Btw - I believe it is "where in the world is carmen san diego?"  not santiago. 


I just realized the previous post says pretty much the same thing. Lol.


  1. […] is a PR/marketing coordinator, social media specialist and videographer. She writes on her personal blog, where a version of this article originally […]

  2. […] a PR/marketing coordinator, social media specialist and videographer. She writes on her personal blog, where a version of this article originally ran. LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "1"); […]

  3. […] of our history of growing up in the 80s and 90s (read this blog post by Jessica Malnik: 21 Signs You Grew Up in the 90s, and you’ll know what I’m trying to […]

  4. […] wrote a post back in October about “21 signs you grew up in the 90s.” I never expected to get such an overwhelming response on my blog as well as on PR Daily […]

  5. […]  https://www.blog.jessicamalnik.com/2011/10/21/20-things-gen-z-will-never-know-about/ […]

  6. […] those who don’t know, I have a bit of a 90s nostalgia theme going on in this blog, with posts like this and this. I also may be slightly addicted to Twitter. I wanted to have a little fun with a new 90s […]